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2012 Mom Approved Docs

Discover the best family health-care providers in southeast Michigan – in Metro Parent readers’ own words.

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Think a good family doc is a rare find? Well, you’ve found the right resource. For a third year, Metro Parent readers gave their gold-seal shout-outs to truly top-notch medical providers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. From treating sniffles to tackling surgery, these pediatric specialists earned poignant praise for their compassion, tireless attention to detail and, most important, getting kids healthy again. Read on to see who made this year’s list – and parents’ moving accolades.


Rachel Kado, M.D.

Asthma & Allergic Disease Center of Livonia, PC
20228 Farmington Road, Building 5, Livonia
"Dr. Kado has been not only amazing to my child, but also with me and my husband. We have tried several doctors in the area regarding my son's allergies, and Dr. Kado called us at our house everyday to see how our son was doing. She has phenomenal bedside manner, and more doctors in this area should follow her model of practice. Most importantly, my son gets very excited when he goes to see Dr. Kado." – Jada, West Bloomfield

Alan Kwaselow, M.D., PC

Keystone Medical Center
46325 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi
"My son has been a patient of Dr. Kwaselow for 16 years, he started going to him when he was almost 2 years old. Dr. Kwaselow has always given my son – from a toddler to now young adult – the most outstanding care. If I needed to call him after-hours, I could – and if he needed to be seen right then, I could always bring him in. My son feels to this day if anyone could make him feel better, it was Dr. Kwaselow. Along with this increditible doctor, there is also a increditible office staff as well!" – Gwendolyn, Detroit

Harvey Leo, M.D.

Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor, PC
5333 McAuley Drive, Suite R1018, Ypsilanti
"Dr. Leo is great, very personable, great with kids and always considerate – listening to both kids and parents. He is AWESOME." – Ruth, Grass Lake

Lawrence Pasik, M.D.

Allergy & Asthma, PC
6900 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 215, West Bloomfield
"He is a very easy-going, laid back guy. He takes plenty of time with us during our office visit and is very thorough. I also like his sense of humor, and his memory. He remembers everything!" – Rebecca, Farmington Hills


Nicole Bittner, D.C.

Hands On Health Chiropractic
10192 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 107, Brighton
"Dr. Bittner takes great care in education of alignment of the spine and how important it is to have your spine aligned for functions of the body to work properly." – Trish, Hartland

Tanya Dejkunchorn, D.C.

The Chiropractic Studio PLLC
1905 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy
"My son loves going to the office. Not only because Dr. Tanya makes getting adjusted fun and the staff is very friendly. He looks forward to playing in their kids' room while I get adjusted, and they always offer him fresh popcorn or fruit. She is very knowledgeable with offering natural alternatives to medications or shots. You can tell she has a passion for children and their health. My son has already referred three of his classmates to her office!" – Terry, Troy

Nicole Poirier, D.C., C.A.C.C.P.

Poirier Chiropractic
52775 Hayes Road, Shelby Township
"She has helped my Christopher so much with his sleep and appetite. Christopher has autism and, with the help of Dr. Nicole, she has made his daily life so much easier and better. It has been about three years since we started chiropractic care, and we tell everyone how it helps with all the other therapies to make him the best kid ever." – Sarah, Macomb

Aaron Rice, D.C., C.A.C.C.P.

Journey to Health, LLC
34770 Dequindre Road, Sterling Heights
"My son, who at the time was 18 months, had very serious induced asthma where he was on lots of medicine, steroids, breathing treatments and became constantly ill and underweight. Along with being allergic to cows' milk. My son's health was becoming so frustrating and my husband and I just wanted to see him better. Meeting Dr. Rice from the very first time, his approach to children is so calming. Dr. Rice really takes the time to understand little patients, as well as understand parents' concerns. Dr. Rice brings hope to any health concern, whether it is big or small. He helps educate the parents and children on what to do to mimimize or decrease symptoms. Also what to do to continue health wellness. Dr. Rice is very dedicated and passionate about what he does as a doctor of chiropractic care, and it shows at every doctor appointment we go to. The office is a very family friendly environment. Children and parents can be seen by Dr. Rice, which makes it so much easier in a busy hectic life. A group family appointment is usually what we do. There is a special kids' room just designed for children. His technique and approach is very professional but yet gentle and calming to children and their families. Now my whole family sees Dr. Rice. My son is now 3 1/2 years old and, although he does experience induced asthma, it is much more controlled with a better quality of life for my son. This a big thanks to Dr. Rice for that hope that there is a way to be healthy and have a quality life. My children are always excited to see Dr. Rice! That's a doctor that you can trust! I highly recommend Dr. Aaron Rice." – Karen, Warren

Anna Saylor, D.C.

Van Every Family Chiropractic Center
4203 Rochester Road, Royal Oak
"Dr. Saylor specializes in pediatric chiropractic and is just an amazing, gentle, caring doctor. My kids look forward to the awesome Jungle Room and feeling great after their adjustments!" – Laura, Royal Oak

Randy Tent, D.C., N.D., Ph. D

Diverse Health Services
39595 10 Mile Road, Suite 112, Farmington Hills
"He always knows how to fix our health problems." – Angela, Westland

Kathy Whitmore, D.C.

Health & Healing Chiropractic
226 Walnut Blvd., Rochester
"Chiropractic is our method of choice for raising healthy daughters and boosting their immune systems. Dr. Kathy takes time to make the kids feel special and safe while gently adjusting their spines. Ashlynn and Alivia run to the adjusting tables to see who can get adjusted first – no lie! The office is comfortable and has toys available for the kids, if needed. Her office is welcoming and doesn't have that 'clinical' feel." – Janice, Rochester

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